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Let's not forget, in all our admiration of our heroic FDR, that he refused entry to the ship carrying 900 Jews trying to flee Nazi Germany in 1939. I know we need our heroes, but we ignore their flaws at our peril. Healthy democracies are not founded on perfect men, and their flaws need to be exposed so that we can continue to make growing democracies dynamic. Those past attempts at democracies that have ignored this have died terrible deaths.